Joe Giudice is out of prison — but he’s still not a free man.
The former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star was released from Allenwood Low Federal Correctional Institution in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, People confirmed on Thursday.
“Mr. Giudice has finished serving his federal prison sentence and was transferred early this morning from the Bureau of Prisons to a facility in western Pennsylvania which houses immigration detainees,” James Leonard Jr., Giudice’s attorney, said in a statement to People. “His lawyers and his family are hopeful that justice will prevail and Mr. Guidice will return home to his wife and four daughters who love him and miss him.”
Indeed, Giudice was transferred directly to an immigration detention center — where he’ll remain indefinitely until an official deportation ruling — on Thursday because a judge had ordered that he be deported back to Italy following his 41-month prison sentence for bankruptcy fraud.
Though he grew up in the United States, he never officially became an American citizen. Under the law, he can be deported because he was convicted of “a crime of moral turpitude.” He’s currently appealing the deportation ruling.
Joe’s sentence followed his wife, original “RHONJ” cast member Teresa Giudice’s, 11-month sentence that ended in December 2015. Joe started his prison stint in March 2016.
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